LAND O'LAKES — Latin and logic will be on the tongues of the Pasco County students who take advantage of Florida's first classical preparatory school when it is expected to open next fall.
The Pasco County School Board approved a charter on Tuesday for the school, after denying a similar request a year ago because the initial application did not meet all of the state's requirements. Applicant Anne Corcoran, the wife of state Rep. Richard Corcoran, addressed those issues in the new application and pledged to create a school that will exceed the requirements of law and provide an excellent learning environment for children.
The board's unanimous vote came without a single comment. It moves the charter school ahead to contract negotiations. If those succeed, the school would open next fall with up to 254 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It aims to expand into the high school grades and double its enrollment over five years.
So far, the school has no set location. But it is expected to operate in the Wesley Chapel area, near State Road 56 and Interstate 75.